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Trending: Plastic Packaging Takes Backseat to Seaweed, Origami-Inspired Alternatives
Trending: Plastic Packaging Takes Backseat to Seaweed, Origami-Inspired Alternatives

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Though the normalization of single-use plastic packaging has made plastic pollution out to be an insurmountable problem, consumers’ and brands’ growing awareness of the implications of take-make-dispose models is helping drive the development of recyclable and renewable packaging alternatives. Ellen MacArthur Circular Design Challenge winners TrioCup and Evoware are two examples of packaging innovators leading the charge towards a more circular economy.

EMF Awards $1M to New Circular, Compostable Packaging Solutions
EMF Awards $1M to New Circular, Compostable Packaging Solutions

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Today, at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF), with the support of Wendy Schmidt, lead philanthropic partner of the foundation’s New Plastics Economy initiative, awarded a total of $1 million to five new recyclable and compostable packaging solutions that are helping stop plastics from becoming waste.

Trending: Local, National Governments Get Real About Creating Circular, Low-Carbon Future
Trending: Local, National Governments Get Real About Creating Circular, Low-Carbon Future

LEADERSHIP - Though the private sector has largely been leading the charge against climate change as of late, local and national governments are starting to step up to the plate to further catalyze the shift to a more sustainable economy. As the UK and EU ramp up efforts to slash plastics pollution, the Scottish government has announced plans to impose a ban on the manufacture and sale of plastic-stemmed cotton swabs. Once in place, the ban is expected to reduce Scotland’s marine plastic pollution by a staggering 50 percent.

Trending: New Apparel Industry Commitments Push New Textiles Economy Forward
Trending: New Apparel Industry Commitments Push New Textiles Economy Forward

WALKING THE TALK - Fashion and textile industry heavy-hitters are heeding the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s recent call for a New Textiles Economy with the rollout of new agreements and action plans that consider the full life cycle of garments.

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Trending: Fast Food, Supermarket Giants Commit to Slashing Single-Use Plastics
Trending: Fast Food, Supermarket Giants Commit to Slashing Single-Use Plastics

WASTE NOT - With an estimated 12 million tons of plastic waste entering the world’s oceans each year, consumers and governments are increasingly looking to businesses to eliminate plastic packaging. Fast food giant McDonald’s and major supermarkets in the UK are rising to the challenge, revealing big plans to go plastic-free.

evian® Transforms Its Approach to Plastic to Become a 100% Circular Brand by 2025
evian® Transforms Its Approach to Plastic to Become a 100% Circular Brand by 2025

PRESS RELEASE - evian today announces that it will make all of its plastic bottles from 100% recycled plastic by 2025, a move that will see the natural spring water brand adopt a ‘circular approach’ to its plastic usage, where plastic is kept within the economy and out of nature. Working in close relationship with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to define this roadmap, evian will move from a linear model to a circular one, where all bottles will be made from recycled plastic without the need for any virgin plastics. This will enable plastic to evolve from potential waste to become a valuable resource. evian plans to achieve this through pioneering partnerships to redesign its packaging, accelerate recycling initiatives and remove plastic waste from nature.

BBC Targets Environmental Impacts of Plastics, Textiles in New Documentaries
BBC Targets Environmental Impacts of Plastics, Textiles in New Documentaries

MARKETING AND COMMS - In response to the success of its “Blue Planet II” nature documentary series and the substantial social media response that followed, the BBC will launch two new programs that explore the impact of plastics and textiles on the environment.

EMF, WRAP Collab Puts New Plastics Economy Into Motion in UK
EMF, WRAP Collab Puts New Plastics Economy Into Motion in UK

WASTE NOT - Coinciding with the launch of Theresa May’s 25 Year Environment Plan, WRAP has announced a new collaborative initiative with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) that aims to help turn the tide on the UK’s growing plastic waste problem.

UK Unveils National Action Plan to Slash Plastic Waste by 2042
UK Unveils National Action Plan to Slash Plastic Waste by 2042

WASTE NOT - The UK government has unveiled a national action plan to eradicate avoidable plastic waste by 2042. The announcement aims to quell concerns of critics regarding the potential negative impacts Brexit could have on the UK’s sustainability performance.

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‘Blue Planet II’ Demonstrates Mainstream Media’s Role in Driving Consumer Behavior Change
‘Blue Planet II’ Demonstrates Mainstream Media’s Role in Driving Consumer Behavior Change

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Sustainability is increasingly becoming an integral part of business practice, but consumers continue to hold the key to achieving long-term change — a concept that has been widely observed by consulting firms and multinational corporations alike. New data from online search behavioral specialist Hitwise reaffirms this and demonstrates how mainstream television can be used to inspire consumers into action.

Trending: Circular Sportswear Is Next on Sustainable Fashion’s Checklist
Trending: Circular Sportswear Is Next on Sustainable Fashion’s Checklist

WASTE NOT - Circular design principles continue to infiltrate the fashion industry as fast fashion giants and emerging labels alike turn their attention to sustainable activewear. Despite recent criticism over its decision to send its discarded clothing to Swedish incinerators, H&M continues to stride forward on its mission to accelerate the circular fashion movement.

How Do the World’s Recyclers Solve a Problem Like China?
How Do the World’s Recyclers Solve a Problem Like China?

WASTE NOT - For decades, China has been an open door for foreign waste, importing recycled material from around the world to help feed its manufacturing boom. In 2016, the country imported 7.3 million metric tonnes of waste plastics from developed countries. However, this is all about to change. Last year, the country notified the World Trade Organization of its intention to ban the import of 24 types of solid waste material by the end of 2017 — including unsorted paper and plastics.

Vestas 11th Hour Racing: Cross-Sector Partnership a Perfect Storm for Sustainable Sailing
Vestas 11th Hour Racing: Cross-Sector Partnership a Perfect Storm for Sustainable Sailing

COLLABORATION - Vestas 11th Hour Racing's team director Mark Towill and skipper Charlie Enright take on challenges the way most people layer cold cuts; one on top of the other. The duo and their team are one of seven squads trying to win the around-the-world Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) a nine-month sailing slog, over 45,000 nautical miles, in all sorts of weather; doing so while being the most sustainable team in the race, and working to increase public awareness, concern and action on behalf of ocean health. No problem, right?

Dow Makes Moves to Reduce Marine Plastic Pollution in Japan, Indonesia
Dow Makes Moves to Reduce Marine Plastic Pollution in Japan, Indonesia

WASTE NOT - According to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), up to 8 million tons of plastic waste are dumped into the world’s oceans annually. In 2016, The Dow Chemical Company announced a commitment to spend $2.8 million over the next two years to drive solutions that address global marine debris and litter. Dow is now making good on that promise with new efforts in Japan and Indonesia.

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Braskem's I'm greenTM PE and ProAmpac's Trinity Packaging Division Bring Carbon Reduction Packaging to Montgomery County DEP and Maryland Environmental Service
Braskem's I'm greenTM PE and ProAmpac's Trinity Packaging Division Bring Carbon Reduction Packaging to Montgomery County DEP and Maryland Environmental Service

PRESS RELEASE - Braskem's sugarcane based bioplastic to be used to package over 500,000 bags of Leafgro®, a soil conditioner for sale in lawn and garden retail locations along the U.S. East Coast.

2018 Circulars Nominate 43 Changemakers Paving the Path to a Circular Future
2018 Circulars Nominate 43 Changemakers Paving the Path to a Circular Future

THE NEXT ECONOMY - 2017 was a big year for the circular economy, with innovative new products, initiatives and tech tools popping up almost daily, and making it easier than every for corporates and consumers alike to engage in circularity. An initiative of the World Economic Forum and the Forum of Young Global Leaders, The Circulars are awarded to individuals, companies (from startups to multinationals) and public and social organizations in recognition for their contributions to the circular economy. This year, 43 innovators have been nominated for pushing the circular agenda forward and paving the way for others in their field.

Dell, Lonely Whale Launch Collaborative to Eliminate Marine Plastic Pollution
Dell, Lonely Whale Launch Collaborative to Eliminate Marine Plastic Pollution

SUPPLY CHAIN - An estimated 150 million metric tons of plastic waste are in the ocean today and every year around eight million metric tons more are being added. Earlier this year, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation warned that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans if a more effective system for global plastics is not put into place.

Trending: Algae, Ocean Plastics Pave the Way for More Sustainable Consumer Products
Trending: Algae, Ocean Plastics Pave the Way for More Sustainable Consumer Products

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Petroleum-based plastic’s time is running out as new, more sustainable material solutions emerge. According to the International Air Transport Association, 5.2 million tons of waste were generated by airline passengers in 2016. With the release of its new OCN cosmetic range, Galileo Watermark, a producer of amenity kits and a leader in onboard hospitality design and development for the travel and retail industries, is working to drive these numbers down.

Trending: New Plant-Based Solutions for Non-Recyclable Health, Home Products
Trending: New Plant-Based Solutions for Non-Recyclable Health, Home Products

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - While there’s plenty of discussion surrounding single-use plastics — namely straws, water bottles, food packaging, coffee stirrers, etc. — the topic of disposable needle counters doesn’t typically enter into the conversation. But with hospitals across the US generating more than 12,000 tons of waste per day — 30 percent of which come from operating rooms — reducing the use of non-renewable plastics in healthcare is imperative.

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Braskem Strikes Up New Partnerships to Take Sustainable Packaging to the Next Level
Braskem Strikes Up New Partnerships to Take Sustainable Packaging to the Next Level

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Thermoplastics resin producer Braskem has been keeping busy, entering into a series of new partnerships to make bio-based packaging the mainstream choice for the personal care and consumer goods industries.

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